The Archival Subject: <i>Austerlitz</i>

J. J. Long

in W. G. Sebald - Image, Archive, Modernity

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780748633876
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651757 | DOI:
The Archival Subject: Austerlitz

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This chapter concentrates on Austerlitz and considers the most complicated treatment of the archive. It is here where the archive replaces the ‘authentic’ memory as a type of ‘prosthesis of the inside’. The chapter shows the kind of memory that Austerlitz seeks to retrieve. It also describes Austerlitz as a representation of an extreme example of a subject that is entirely constituted by the archive.

Keywords: Austerlitz; archive; authentic memory; prosthesis

Chapter.  9176 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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